This is a banging remix from UK songbird Yasmin. The original song has become a huge hit in her native country and now it gets a re-flip from fellow rapper-singer Ms. Dynamite.
If all of this sounds foreign to you, remember, that hip-hop and soul music is worldwide, so step out of the local area and explore music from around the world.
Now back to Yasmin. She sounds like the second coming of Lisa Lisa from Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam on the track. She could probably do a fantastic cover of "All Cried Out" or "Can You Feel the Beat" if given the opportunity. The song has a great mixture of hip-hop with some added reggae-dub flavor. Yasmin's voice sounds amazing . . . and she's easy on the eyes, too. Check out the dubstep remix of "Light Up (The World)" below:
Yasmin x Ms. Dynamite -- "Light Up" (The World)" [Remix]
The song, "Picture Perfect" embodies a simple formula that i have always loved in soul music. It contains heartfelt lyrics passionately delivered over heavy drums and a memorable bass line. I feel the video does the same thing visually. It pays respect to the smooth approach of Nat King Cole and Marvin Gaye seasoned with the hip hop culture I grew up in. I would love for people to walk away from the video with the same feeling they get from the last bite of their favorite meal. Fulfilled.
Thank you to Phonte for collaborating with me once again. Thanks to the leading lady in the video Sepsenahki and huge thanks to my directors Jay Espinal and Derrick Savage.
Now here is some boom bap for that azz! Producer Scram Jones is back on his production grind and dropped this joint "Boombap Jones" earlier today. Beat aficionados might be familiar with the bass drum kick -- it's from KRS-One's "Return of the Boom Bap" from his 1993 album of the same name. There's also a sample of Herbie Hancock's influential 1983 song "Rockit" throughout the track, as well. Overall, it's a great street banger that will appear on Scram Jones upcoming project Hat Trick, due out next month.
Here's a new track from an up-and-coming rapper named ASAP Rocky. He's been making a lot of noise lately with his viral videos on YouTube and I wouldn't be surprised if he nabs a record deal soon just like pint-size troublemaker Kreayshawn. What's interesting about this dude is that he's from Harlem, New York, but his music sounds like it came from the sizzurp capital of Houston, Texas.
His smoker-friendly song "Back to the Future" is slated to appear on his mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, due out later this month. I'm digging some of the songs from ASAP Rocky, although some of his lyrics bore the hell out of me. I also posted his fantastic video for "Purple Swag," which is the best swagged-out song of 2011. Keep your eyes open and your ears ready for ASAP Rocky, he's got next.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the darkest day in American history on September 11, 2001.
I remember it so vividly because I was in New York on that tragic day and witnessed the horror and the chaos in its aftermath up close. I arrived in New York just minutes after the first plane hit the towers and the police were evacuating the train station on 34th street and shutting down ALL subways.
It wasn't until I arrived at my news desk that I saw on television screen the horror that was unfolding that day. I was one out of three journalists who made it into the office early that day. The other members couldn't make it into Manhattan because all transportation in and out of the city were shut down.
I had to report the tragic events to my various radio affiliates across the country all day. By late afternoon, I was totally overwhelmed by all of the television, radio and internet coverage of the disaster. At some point during the day, I became emotionally drained and put my head down on the desk in my cubicle and I cried.
But the day wasn't over for me. The fire marshall order us to evacuate the building and leave the city, if possible. Well, I couldn't go home because every transit system in the northeast was on shut down completely until midnight. So, me along with thousands of passengers were stranded outside of the train station waiting to get home.
It looked like a refugee camp outside as people huddled to find a spot in front of the doors -- they were all hungry, afraid, tired and distressed. I didn't catch a train until 2 a.m. the next morning. In the end, it was a very stressful and eventful day for me to say the least.
Much like Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 is another American tragedy that we must never forget. In addition, many thanks goes out to the brave police, firefighters and rescue teams who rose to the occassion to save numerous lives. And Rest In Honor, to the people who perished in the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon and the passengers who fought back on the plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
I will never forget.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, State Farm partnered with acclaimed director Spike Lee to film a touching tribute to thank the heroes of New York City. Nearly 150 school children (ages 8 to 11) from the New York area visited four firehouses and thanked the firefighters personally through song.